Basic but powerful grammar devices for greater clarity and cohesion

by JoeCarillo ( | | | | )
July 23, 2012
Dear Fellow Communicator,
In this week’s edition of Jose Carillo’s English Forum, I have posted “Using repeated action and sequence words” as the third in a series of essays on crafting more readable and compelling compositions. Originally written for my weekly English-usage column in The Manila Times in early 2004, the essay focuses on simple but powerful grammar devices in English for giving greater cohesion and clarity to writing and speaking. What these devices do is to represent or point back to ideas, elements, events, or situations presented or described earlier in the composition, thus sparing the reader or listener from the tedium of going through the same set of words and phrases all over again. Find out now if, in fact, you haven’t been using the whole repertoire of these repeated action and sequence words all these years. If so, it’s not too late to make them work to give extra punch and sparkle to your written and spoken English.
·       Essays by Jose Carillo: Basic But Powerful Grammar Devices for Greater Clarity and Cohesion (Using repeated action and sequence words for punchy expositions)
·       Readings on Language: Disdain, Love for the “Transvestite Hermaphodite” That’s the Semicolon (Writer belatedly discovers it’s a vitally useful punctuation)
·       Use and Misuse: Two Bewildering Encounters With Inverted Sentence Tests (Inversion can make complex sentences more readable and emphatic, but…)
·       Advice and Dissent: What’s Deemed as Proper English Really Only a Matter of Fashion (Usage unworthy of polite company then has become utterly normal today)
·       Badly Written, Badly Spoken: “The Same to You” Not a Catch-all Response to Expressions of Best Wishes (Learning the social graces in English takes time)
·       News and Commentary: Law Versus Gobbledygook in Gov’t Agencies Off to a Spotty Start in US (They still churn out plenty of incomprehensible English!)
·       Education and Teaching Forum: The Need for Accurate Measures To Assess the State of the Nation (Higher education and science are two proven prerequisites of sustainable prosperity)
·       You Asked Me This Question: How an Infinitive Phrase Works When Placed Next to an Adjective (In that form, the phrase is likely to be an adverbial modifier instead)
·       Time Out from English Grammar: Accusations of Plagiarism Bedeviled Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection (He missed giving credit to contributors to the theory)
·       The Finest in Language Humor: A Barrelful of Wonder Phrases (Sampler: “Can you take a crash course in flying?”)
·       Students’ Sounding Board: What’s the Difference in Meaning Between “Spend” and “Expend”? (It’s in the purpose and manner the fund or resource is used)
·       The Lounge: “Pun-ography”: Delightful Wordplay to Make You Smile (Sampler: “When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble”)
·       How Good is Your English?: How Criterion-Referenced Tests Can Help Improve Your English (You can work your way up to really great English!)
See you at the Forum!
Joe Carillo

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